10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” 12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”
The people around the former blind man called upon him to tell his story.
Therefore they said to him,
Some wanted to know the particulars of the blind man’s healing.
“How were your eyes opened?”
The crowd asked the man how his healing took place.
He answered and said,
The formerly blind man answered with a simple presentation of the facts.
“A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me,
This man made gave no reason for the “how” of his healing but told the fact of it. He did offer a clear testimony as to what happened and who was involved. All he could offer were the bare realities of what happened to him.
This is one of the 12 times Jesus is called a “man” in this gospel (Jn 4:29; 5:12; 8:40; 9:11, 24; 10:33; 11:47, 50; 18:14, 17, 29; 19:5). Jesus was true or authentic man as well as God.
‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’
Jesus gave the blind man instructions to go to the pool of Siloam. That must have taken some effort on his part. Maybe someone led him to the pool. In any case, Jesus asked the man to exercise faith in what He said.
So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
The blind man told the bald, unvarnished facts—nothing more, nothing less. He did not attempt to glamorize his situation. The formerly blind man simply stated the plain, bald facts about how Jesus healed him.
Then they said to him, “Where is He?”
This blind man did not receive his sight until after Jesus was gone. He only heard His voice.
He said, “I do not know.”
The blind man did not have knowledge about the schedule of Jesus.
Credibility rests on our integrity.
Integrity is a signal of a person who becomes a believer. We can state nothing more or anything less than what is true. We relate the facts as we know them. This is how we assert our testimony. “Jesus did this and this for me. He did it and not me.”